Starting a Business

Explore resources for starting a business, winning new business and managing your business' finances, operations, strategy, talent, marketing, and sales.

Basics of Buying a Business

If you are thinking about buying an existing business, you need to thoroughly examine it. Learn the basics of buying a business.

Buying a Business or Franchise

Not sure how to go about buying a business or a franchise? Follow this step-by-step process to be successful in your small business endeavor.

Checklist for Starting a New Business

Want to start a business and need help organizing the first steps? Use this checklist for all the tasks you should complete before opening a new business.

Common Startup Mistakes

When starting a business, most people tend to make mistakes. You can avoid making some common startup mistakes by reviewing the ones listed in the article.

Deciding on a Business

Use this online training on how to start a new business. Planning ahead for your business will make it both successful and fulfilling.

Franchise Agreement Checklist

When purchasing a franchise, you have to understand the terms of a franchise agreement provided by a franchisor. This franchise agreement checklist may help.

Franchising Basics

Considering your own business? Franchise is one of your options. Learn the basics of franchising and get advice on how to operate a franchise.

How to Choose and Work with an Attorney

As a small business owner, at some point you will probably need legal advice. Having a attorney on call may be beneficial. Learn how to work with an attorney.

How to Create a Business Plan

Whether you are just starting a new business or growing one – it is vital to have a business plan. Get to know more with this video.

Initial Cash Requirements

Calculate the amount of cash you need to start a new business using the initial cash requirements worksheet.

Insurance

Learn about different types of small business insurance.

Location and Leasing

Learn about how to choose the right location for your business, choose from leasing vs purchasing options, and download the commercial leasing checklist here.

Opening and Marketing

Follow this suggested checklist to complete all must-do's before opening your business and marketing it to your customers.

Organization

Deciding on the type of business organization you should establish? This article will help you understand the business types and help you in your choice.

Sample Business Plans

Creating a business plan will help you visualize and better organize your business. Use these three sample business plans as your starting point.

Set Goals for Your Business

Goal-setting is crucial to any business's success. Review this article to help you set short-term and long-term business goals and successfully achieve them.

START YOUR BUSINESS

Find tools and tips whether you are just deciding on your business model or want to avoid common startup mistakes.

SWOT Analysis

Conduct an analysis of your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to identify opportunities and overcome obstacles to achieve your goals.

The Business Plan

Learn how to write a business plan by looking at various aspects of the planning process.

Writing a Partnership Agreement

In a partnership, it is highly advisable to have a formal, written partnership agreement. This article lists key points this agreement should cover.